When we lived in Andorra, one of our favorite day trips was to La Bisbal d’Empordà on the Costa Brava, Spain, to buy pottery.
When we lived in the US we went to Tubac, AZ (once) to buy pottery.
We love pottery.
What I love about all of our pottery, and all pottery, is how unique it is.
Unique to the artist and / or the region and / or the country.
The pottery in one region may be similar, but the individual artists put their own stamp on it (so to speak).
Lemons and sunflowers may appear in all the pottery around the Mediterranean, but the pottery of Spain is different from the pottery in Italy.
When we were in Italy, we were very near Deruta, noted for it’s pottery.
Needless to say, we had to go there.
Needless to say, we had to do some serious shopping.
The only thing that enforced a modicum of sense was the fact that we would have five people with all of their luggage in our car when we left Italy.
But I really needed a new butter dish….
And a soap dispenser and some coffee mugs and a few long trays to hold the salt and pepper mills and….
Something else we brought back were some fancy artichoke hearts.
Pasta Salad with Ham Artichoke Hearts
1 1/4 cups pasta
10oz (300 gr) ham, cut into cubes
10oz (300gr) marinated artichoke hearts
2 ribs celery, sliced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
3oz (90gr) feta cheese, cut into cubes
1/4 cup Greek olives, roughly chopped
2 tbs snipped chives
2 tbs snipped basil
1 1/2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
2 tbs salad olive oil
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse lightly with cool water.
Drain artichokes, reserving oil. Cut into quarters.
Make vinaigrette: Put mustard, vinegar and 2 tbs reserved artichoke marinade into a small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add vinaigrette and stir well.
For the week of July 8 we have Lightly Smoked Salmon, Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chops, Tomato Scented Orzo, Mini Frittatas, Citrus Chicken, Pasta with Avocado Sauce….
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